Novartis supporting education in the fight against malaria in sub-Saharan Africa

3.3 billion people in 97 countries worldwide at risk of malaria infection1584,000 deaths from malaria were estimated in 20131~90% of deaths caused by malaria occur in Africa, and children under 5 years account for 78% of all deaths1Malaria can be prevented and treatedBASEL, Switzerland, Dec. 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — As part of a continued commitment in the fight against malaria, Novartis Pharmaceuticals launches a new educational website, providing educational resources to healthcare professionals in sub-Saharan Africa.The site provides access for registered healthcare professionals to educational resources and a series of live webcast events, covering a range of topics. The first webcast in the series will focus on WHO recommendations and the challenges faced treating malaria in the pediatric population in Africa.The website is now live and healthcare professionals have access to the following resources:WHO prequalification program interactive presentationMalaria lifecycle videoInteractive timeline ‘The fight against Malaria over 6 decades’‘Optimizing Pediatric Malaria Therapy in Africa’ a CME approved training programIn addition to these on-demand resources, a series of live webcasts will be hosted by key experts. These webcasts will provide healthcare professionals access to interactive seminars where the latest information and challenges faced in the fight against malaria will be discussed.The first in the series of webcasts will be held on the 9th December 2015, from 5.00 to 6.30pm CET. This will be hosted by Dr Quique Bassat, who will provide the latest information concerning antimalarials for the pediatric population, with reference to the WHO treatment guidelines and drug quality. The second presentation, by Ms. Benedetta Schiavetti, will exemplify challenges faced in the field, providing a case study from the Democratic Republic of Congo. After the presentations, there shall be an opportunity for healthcare professionals to interact with the experts via a live web-based Q&A session.Following the live broadcast, the video will be available for download at viewers’ convenience.To access the website and find more information on the webcast, please register at press-related enquiries, please contact:1. WHO. World Malaria Report 2014. [Accessed 19/11/2015]